'shave continued to return to the Punta del Este Jazz Festival, in Uruguay.
The Festival is celebrated on a dairy farm in an idyllic countryside, set in a hilly valley, where it's a struggle to hear the subtleties of a bass solo over the sound of crickets and the occasional moaning of cows and whinnying horses.
While the 15th edition may have not featured the lineup of past years, there was top talent, nevertheless: Lewis Nash
All of these artists were returning for yet another edition of the festival. Greene, in particular, charmed the audience with his amazing technique and sheer lyricism. His music was also extremely relevant, displaying an overarching spiritual quality, while his tone was rather unique for a tenor man with a rubber mouthpiece. It's time to stop calling him a "young talent"; he's simply a great talent who happens to still be quite young. Green introduced his quartet, featuring Davis, Hutchinson and bassist Reuben Rogers
, playing . He tunes from some of his most recent releases.
Greene was also featured in a celebration of Dexter Gordon's music, along with Grant Stewart, a gifted tenor saxophonist whose round tone and phrasing resembled that of Gordon more than Greene's did.
A special word for the towering figure of Lewis Nash, a drummer who demonstrated an astounding awareness of everything that happened around him onstage, always ready to change gearseither accelerating or slowing the pace, so the music never ceased to startle. Some may also be tempted to chronicle the human being behind such forceful dexteritythat of a sweet loving man, who walked offstage and took an hour to move among the hordes of aficionados hungry for autographs, pictures and, more than anything, a piece of this walking legend.
Stick-less after yet another tremendous performance, he walked amongst festival-goers, rather reluctant to address his own mastery, and definitely more interesting in the stand where chocolate of all kinds and shapes were being offered.
There was much more to this festival, under the artistic direction of Paquito D'Rivera and the insatiable artistic hunger of Francisco Yobino and Beatriz Martinez Sosa. Indeed, the first hour of every night was devoted to showcase rising Latin American talentmuch of it goodfeaturing, amongst others, the intriguing Colombian virtuoso harpist Edmar Castaneda